Villa keeper Guzan: Important that USA kept a clean sheet

Brad Guzan was pleased to be part of a defensive unit which kept a clean sheet for the USA on Friday night.

The Aston Villa goalkeeper sat behind a hard-working yet inexperienced defence consisting of DaMarcus Beasley, Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron and Clarence Goodson as the US beat Costa Rica 1-0 in World Cup qualifying on a very snowy evening in Denver.

The win allowed Juergen Klinsmann’s men to go second on the CONCACAF table for the final round of qualifying and Guzan was over the moon with the performance.

“It was important to keep a clean sheet. Not only for myself, but for the guys in front of me,” he said.

“I think they worked their butt off in terms of limiting their opportunities clearing balls, dealing with balls that are lumped forward, and second balls, all the little things that maybe they don’t get recognition for. That’s important that we are able to do that well.”

The USA next take on arch rivals Mexico at the Estadio Azteca on Tuesday following El Tri’s 2-2 with group leaders Honduras.

 
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